Saluting Rosa Parks

Dec 21, 2015 / Message from the Center
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With her gently defiant action on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks served as an inspiration to all of America during the civil rights movement. She continued to inspire Americans young and old to live up to our constitutional ideals throughout her life.

In a 2004 letter to the Second Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Rosa Parks wrote, I hope more emphasis on civic education will do a better job of making youth excited about public service on every level and being an engaged and informed citizen.

In a 2004 letter to the Second Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Rosa Parks wrote, "I hope more emphasis on civic education will do a better job of making youth excited about public service on every level and being an engaged and informed citizen."

Parks was a supporter of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program. On December 2, 2004, she addressed in absentia the Congressional Conference on Civic Education, sponsored by the Center and other organizations. On that occasion she exhorted the participants from across the country to advance the quality and quantity of civic education for our nation’s youth. Her words perfectly characterized the optimistic spirit of the enterprise, and we continue to pursue that goal. Please join us in doing so, as well as in saluting a great American.

Teach Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement with the Center for Civic Education’s lesson plan for students in grades 5-8 entitled “A Quest for Equal Protection under the Law.”

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